Say Something Already! Obama & Romney’s Housing Crisis

Mortgages

Say Something Already! Obama & Romney’s Housing Crisis

Say Something Already! Obama & Romney’s Housing Crisis

President Obama, Governor Romney and their backers may be spending hundreds of millions of dollars to live in the most expensive and exclusive house in the nation, but they aren’t saying enough about the fact that housing in America is broken. Despite what the media and candidates might have you believe, real estate, home ownership… Read More

Obama’s Mortgage Task Force: Working Hard or Hardly Working?

Mortgages

Obama’s Mortgage Task Force: Working Hard or Hardly Working?

Obama’s Mortgage Task Force: Working Hard or Hardly Working?

Maybe you’re reading about it less and less. It doesn’t seem to be the lead story on many national news broadcasts anymore. But it’s still there, festering away like an untreated wound. The foreclosure crisis and the morass of other problems surrounding persistently problematic real estate prices, unwise loans made to now-bereft homeowners, and predatory… Read More

The New American Pie: Breached, Tracked and Strip Searched

Identity Theft

The New American Pie: Breached, Tracked and Strip Searched

The New American Pie: Breached, Tracked and Strip Searched

For those of us who care about privacy, these past seven days have truly sucked. With relatively little fanfare in the midst of a cacophonous (that means “noisy” Senator Santorum) parade of news, three significant events seriously undermined our constitutional right to privacy and highlighted (in a muted sort of way) the extent to which… Read More

Hey, Get Out of My Face(book)

Identity Theft

Hey, Get Out of My Face(book)

Hey, Get Out of My Face(book)

Over the past few months there’s been a growing hue and cry over reports that some employers ask job applicants for their Facebook login and password information as part of the vetting process. They are hardly alone, though it’s not easy to know just who’s doing it and who’s not.  But this is not new–some… Read More

The Next Bubble: Is It Time to Cap College Tuition?

Students

The Next Bubble: Is It Time to Cap College Tuition?

The Next Bubble: Is It Time to Cap College Tuition?

At $1 trillion dollars, student loan debt has eclipsed credit card debt for the first time in American history. To make matters worse, come July 1 the interest rate on federally subsidized Stafford student loans will automatically double, from 3.4% to 6.8%, unless Congressional action is taken to extend the lower rate before then. Depending… Read More

It’s the Economy, Seamus

Personal Finance

It’s the Economy, Seamus

It’s the Economy, Seamus

I’ve always been a political junkie. Since my earliest days as an observer and later as a participant in all things electoral, the golden rule has not changed: Love thy neighbor’s wallet as though it were your own. Americans “vote their pocketbooks.” I have always accepted it as a truism–doesn’t everybody? Can’t you just hear… Read More

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